Hi! I’m Heather, and that’s my family and me pictured above. And Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Because having a fictional character from the Star Wars franchise in your family photographs is totally a thing. My husband and I have been married for 21 years. We met in college and it was love at first sight, even though I thought he was wearing a belt with his name on the back. (He wasn’t.) I had to make the first move because he was afraid of me. (He still is.) We share the same sense of humor and can communicate by using movie and quotes from TV shows.
Our three kids keep us busy, crazy, laughing, and thankful. Savannah is the oldest and, I’m not kidding around here, brilliantly talented. Also, smart, funny, and gorgeous. Sav also has fabulous taste and can spot a trend like nobody’s biz. She does possess an extreme aversion to chores and mysteriously gets migraines/spontaneous hypotension and nausea when asked to do any kind of manual labor, but whatever. You can’t win ‘em all.
Lylah Kate is our ball of fire. She’s super sassy and has a way with words. As in, she never stops talking. Lylah Kate is all about a random comment. She goes from kid to Kennedy in 2 seconds. Yesterday she voiced her concerns about the rising costs of healthcare in the United States. We were watching cartoons. LK hosted her own YouTube show produced by Savannah back when she was four until Savannah just got “so over it.” Lylah Kate has moved on to the slime game now and is currently designing a logo for her biz. I’m not even kidding.
In September of 2011, we got our bonus Burnett, Nathan. Since it practically took an act of congress to conceive LK I didn’t dream I would have another baby. I was wrong. Nathan is a problem solver; a determined little boy who would rather do for himself than ask for help. He loves riding his ATV, playing with the dogs, flushing random junk down the toilet, and throwing stuff down the stairs. He prefers YouTube over TV and ice cream over vegetables. Nathan is a typical boy in every way with one exception. He has autism.
When he was diagnosed, I thought it was the end of the world.
Looking back, it was the end of the world as we had known it. But it also marked the beginning of a new one for our family. A better one.
How WTYM Was Started
After working in sales and marketing for over a decade, my OBGYN decided I needed to become a full time stay home mom due to a few pregnancy complications with LK. That’s when I started blogging about my not so swell childhood and rants about traffic. I quit after frustrations from the technical side of things got the best of me. After that, I started to eat my feelings and depression got the best of me, so I was unavailable for a while. In 2016 my best friend and fellow English major urged me to try again. But this time I wasn’t going to rant or wallow in self-pity; I would help other mothers by sharing useful tips and funny, relatable stories.
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A little bit more about me…
I believe if you don’t love your life you can change it. Just look at me. My life has changed significantly in the past five years, and I do not give any of the credit to luck. I am no longer a depressed shell of a woman going through the motions of life without purpose. I have lost over 80 pounds (without surgery). I am making a living doing what I love (helping), and we recently moved into the home of our dreams. My autistic son is teaching me more every day, and as a result of this blog, I have the opportunity to help other parents with special needs kids.
Do bad things ever happen to me? Yes, of course, they do. But I choose to focus on the positive and not the negative. I see every day as a gift from God, and I am grateful for every blessing He has given me.
Especially my sense of humor.
He who laughs-lasts. -Erma Bombeck
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